Dry Drowning and Secondary Drowning Information

Dry Drowning and Secondary Drowning Information

Dry Drowning and Secondary Drowning Most people think that you can only drown while you are in water and while this is true, there are two related medical disorders known as “dry” and “secondary” drowning that can occur after the individual has left the water. Dry and secondary drowning are not as common as wet drowning but nevertheless, they still affects a fair number of individuals each year. Dry drowning is by far more common in children than in adults and it may occur when one breathes in water into the lungs. This can occur when one is struggling to swim but it can also occur as a result of getting water in the back of the throat during a playful dunk. In dry drowning, the water does not end up in the lungs. Instead as soon as the water reaches the back of the throat it causes severe spasm of the vocal cords, which shuts of all air to the lungs. Without air, survival is not possible. In secondary drowning the airways remain open and this allows the water to enter and flood the lungs; this prevents oxygen exchange and also makes breathing very difficult. In most cases, symptoms of dry drowning tend to occur soon after any incident involving water. Symptoms of secondary drowning usually take 1-24 hours to develop after the water accident. Fortunately both dry drowning and secondary drowning are rare events. There is no conclusive data being perfectly cataloged but estimates suggest they account for less than 1% of all drowning deaths. Symptoms of Dry Drowning and Secondary Drowning The symptoms of dry drowning and...
2nd Pan-Hellenic Lifesaving Sport Championship

2nd Pan-Hellenic Lifesaving Sport Championship

2nd Pan-Hellenic Lifesaving Sport Championship WITH REPRESENTATION FROM THE PRINCESS CHARLENE OF MONACO FOUNDATION  The Greek Championship was organized by the Hellenic Federation of Underwater Activity and supported by the Hellenic Ministry of Health, the Hellenic Centre for Disease Control & Prevention, the Hellenic Red Cross, the International Water Safety Foundation and other prestigious organizations. The Hellenic Federation of Underwater Activity, recognized by the General Secretariat of Sports, organized very successfully the 2nd Pan-Hellenic Lifesaving Sport Championship as means to preserve public health from drowning preventing. Lifesaving sport is very popular and held the last decades in numerous events at international level. If last year’s inaugural event was historic, this year it land-marked the continuity and the collaboration with key water safety related organizations. At the opening ceremony, several honoree presentations were made. The President of the Federation,Vaggelis Rakantas, presented a honorary statuette to the representative of the Princess Charlene of Monaco Foundation,  Kimberly Jarvis, Senior Project Manager, “for the significant contributions of the foundation to the work of the federation that aims to reduce drowning deaths in Greece, through water safety and lifesaving sport programs“. Dr. Vicky Bafataki, presented with the Honorary Medallion of the International Giuseppe Sciacca Awards, to Dr. Stathis Avramidis “for his pioneering and long contributions to the development of lifesaving sport in Greece“. Lastly, a honorary statuette was presented to the Mayor of Alimos, Andreas Kondylis, for his contributions and support. The number of participating teams was increased by 70% from last year. The championship hosted two events with great symbolism and a swim-a-thon for the general public. The Federation aims to co-operate with the Hellenic Red Cross (full member of the International Life Saving Federation), to send...
Hypoxic Blackout aka Shallow Water Blackout Reminders

Hypoxic Blackout aka Shallow Water Blackout Reminders

Please note that USA Swimming, the YMCA of the USA, and the American Red Cross have asked the swimming community to stop referring to “Hypoxic Blackout” as “Shallow Water Blackout”. “The use of this language in these cases is misleading since water depth is not a factor in the body’s response to hyperventilation and extended breath-holding.”   The following was shared through the Swim Coaches Idea Exchange Group on Facebook. It is a frighteningly scary story of hypoxic blackout from doing underwater training work at swim practice. At the root of the problem? A gross lack of awareness.   At the end of practice tonight, Kelly’s group at swim practice was directed to do an underwater no breath swim in the 50 M pool. The coach was a substitute coach. Kelly told the coach that it was dangerous to do and to tell the swimmers that they can come up for a breath if they need it. He didn’t. The swimmers did the 50 M underwater. The coach stayed at the end of the pool they started from. Kelly got out, put on her jacket and towel and almost headed to the lockerroom. She noticed that one of her teammates was not on deck. She had not surfaced. Kelly ripped off her jacket and towel, jumped into the pool and swam until she found her, FACE DOWN in 15 FT of water! Kelly pulled her to the surface. Her face was BLUE- SHE WAS NOT BREATHING!. Another swimmer helped Kelly get the girl out of the pool. Another 14 year old teammate, who JUST received her CPR certification, began CPR on...
Mauritius Celebrates #IWSD

Mauritius Celebrates #IWSD

The tiny village of Tamarin (population 4,000) in Mauritius is at it again, celebrating International Water Safety Day with an array of teachings, exercises, and a little bit of training!  Tamarin is located on the west coast of Mauritius  An old fishing village, Tamarin beach has become a hot spot for surfing.  The southern spot, ‘Dal’, and the northern spot, “Black stone” are world renowned. Thirty students, instructors, and volunteers gathered this morning.  The event was done in collaboration with the Tamarin Youth Centre, Tamarin Village Council, and Surf Lifesaving of Mauritius and sponsored by Rajesh Cooshna, President of the Tamarin Village Council and Viraj Ramharai, International Lifesaving Trainer and Water Wise Instructor.  Please see official press release below. Viraj continues to spearhead drowning awareness and water safety education throughout Mauritius.  He recently implemented the NLRI’s Water Wise program where the students help train the younger generation, as you can see in the pictures below. Next up!  From 1 June to 11th June  the Water Wise team will undergo intensive training for youth of Tamarin village.     Water safety lecture. Headed to the beach! Lifesavers should always properly stretch. Students Trainers training Students. Beach drills. Beach exercise. Mauritius PLAN! Mauritius Celebrates #IWSD More beach diving and drilling. PRESS RELEASE “TAMARIN VILLAGE CELEBRATING THE INTERNATIONAL WATER SAFETY DAY 2016” Every hour of every day more than 40 people lose their lives to drowning. International Water Safety Day is designed to help spread global awareness of the ongoing drowning pandemic. The lack of water safety education has propelled drownings worldwide. Through interdependence, we can change that. Surf Lifesaving Association of Mauritius in collaboration with Tamarin Youth Centre and...
Swim Safe Uganda Gets Water Safety Added to School Curriculum

Swim Safe Uganda Gets Water Safety Added to School Curriculum

The World Health Organization suggests that 91% of all drownings occur in low and middle income countries (LMIC’s).  Uganda, in East Africa, has one of the highest drowning rates in the world. Uganda is a landlocked country located in Africa’s great lakes region found on the Eastern part of Africa; west of Kenya, south of South Sudan, east of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and north of Rwanda and Tanzania. It is in the heart of the Great Lakes region, and is surrounded by three of them, Lake Edward, Lake Albert, and Lake Victoria. Uganda is 241,551 sqkm of which 41,028 sqkm is covered by natural bodies of water. For the last 5 years, Swim Safe Uganda has been involved in ensuring that there is focused effort towards reducing the numbers involved in drowning.  Moses Kalanzi is the Director of Programs for Swim Safe Uganda. Moses and Swim Safe Uganda has created a strategy  to provide a massive awareness campaign through the country on aquatic survival by passing information about water safety inside of the school system.  Water safety education will be a part of every school’s curriculum beginning in 2017. Starting with the school teachers who will be certified at that level as Trainers of Trainees, the program is expected to be rolled out in such a way that at least four trainers are capable of handling 50 trainees to fully achieve the goals of the project.  This is expected to be broken into 6 phases over a period of 2 years until the entire country is covered and a study will be carried out thereafter to establish the awareness levels or identify any challenges that will still be in place so that possible...